Mary Beth Leatherdale and illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare is a book recommended for anyone between the ages of 10 and 100.
Leatherdale crafts a narrative about the lives of five different refugee youth from the last century. Featured in the book are Ruth from Germany, Phu from Vietnam, Jose from Cuba, Najeeba from Afghanistan, and Mohamed from the Ivory Coast. There is plenty of background information regarding each refugee's situation. Despite each refugee being from a different cultural background, there are many similarities in their stories. Leatherdale begins the book with Ruth leaving Nazi Germany because she is Jewish. Starting that way makes the story stronger, as it is a sad, but very well known wrong in world history. It continues on to more current stories, which makes me realize that such tragedy still happens in our world.
With the refugee crisis a current political issue, this book should be required reading in any social studies class. Anyone who knows a refugee would find this worth reading as well.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Margi Preus and illustrated by David Geister is a book anyone who has visited the North Shore of Minnesota would enjoy. Sophie lives on Lake Superior at Split Rock Lighthouse with her family. She knows the weather signs and goes about telling her brothers and sisters that the storm is coming. This book would also be good to share with students on a unit about nature's signals. At the end of the story there is a page explaining the different signs, which was new information for me. Good for middle or older level elementary students, adults will find the story engaging as well. I added it to my list of books to share with students highlighting Minnesota.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
sister, and I enjoyed paging through it the first time. I knew she was writing a book, but wasn't sure which quilts were going to be in it. The one on the cover is one I want to try to make, as well as the mini nines quilt, though I am not going to make my squares quite so small. If you like making or admiring quilts, this book is worth looking at. There are also a few small projects at the end of the book for people who might not want to commit to making a quilt but have scraps from other sewing projects.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Agnes and Clarabelle by Adele Griffin and Courtney Sheinmel is a fun book for early elementary students. It is a beginning chapter book with great characters and pictures Agnes and Clarabelle are best friends and enjoy an adventure for each season. For spring, the two friends plan a surprise birthday party. Summer finds them on a trip to the beach, while in the fall they go shopping and in the winter they make pizza. The antics of Agnes and Clarabelle made me smile because of the real life situations in which they find themselves and how they solve their problems.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Day it Rained Hearts is still my favorite Valentine book, though this one is now number two on my list. Do you have any favorite books for Valentine's Day?